Hair Receiver Box & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-09
Dimensions:  3⅛” Sq. – 2⅞ H
Production Dates:  1916-1925

Years ago, hair receivers were very much in favor by the ladies of the house.  Women would recycle their hair, and collect it after brushing and grooming.  The hair was kept in a container, usually made from a variety of materials from ceramic to crystal.  The American pattern produced one such item – the Hair Receiver & Cover.  Hair would be placed in the box, via the hole in the cover.  The hair would be collected and later used in a number of ways; the most popular being turned into a hair rat.  A “rat” was a form that was made out of a woman’s own hair, and then used to make a bigger hairstyle.  Hair was also collected for stuffing purposes – such as for making pincushions and other items.

The Hair Receiver is almost identical to the Square Puff & Cover, with the obvious difference being seen in the lid.  The Hair Receiver has a hole in the center of the cover.  The inside diameter of this opening is approximately ⅞”, with a finished and smoothed edge.  The measurement of the entire box – with the cover in place – is about 3⅛” in length and width, and 2⅞” in height.

Finding these items in undamaged condition gets harder with each passing year.  Many of the covers (or lids) are found chipped or cracked.  Lifting and placing the covers on the boxes should be done carefully, and always with a gentle touch.  If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for similar items, please click the following sponsored link for Hair Receiver Boxes on eBay.

Round Puff Box & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-11
Dimensions:  3½” Base D – 2⅞” H
Production Dates:  1916-1928

The Round Puff Box & Cover was introduced in 1916, one year after the Square Puff Box & Cover made its debut.  It had a much shorter life than its square sibling, but long enough for us to still find them today.  These are not common items, and finding one in good to excellent condition is getting more difficult with each passing year.  Many of the covers (or lids) are found chipped or cracked.  Lifting and placing the covers on the round boxes should not be done with great haste, and always done with a gentle touch.

Vanity or boudoir items of the American pattern usually had a specific purpose.  Puff boxes are one such example.  They were usually filled with face or body powder – a dusting powder of sorts, usually accompanied by a powder puff.  Once the original product was used, the glass boxes could then be refilled as needed.  The boxes could also be used for a variety of other purposes, in addition to being used as a decorative item.  These boxes are treasures from another period, and quite beautiful to behold.

I would imagine that this piece was not that easy to make, as it has an exquisite round glass cover with a smooth top.  The cube design is visible from the top; however, it is pressed from the underside – leaving a top that is smooth to the touch and easy to handle.  When it comes to powder jars, things can get messy quick, so this cover design was probably very appreciated by the ladies trying to keep their boxes clean and pristine.  The Round Puff Box often has a ground bottom, which sits itself quite well on the dresser or tabletop.  There are three rows of cubes in the body of the round box, with twenty (20) rays embedded in the bottom portion of the glass.

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Square Puff Box & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-12
Dimensions:  3⅛” Sq. – 2¾” H
Production Dates:  1915-1943

It has been my experience that vintage puff boxes and powder jars seem to hold a special place in a collector’s heart.  While the Fostoria Glass Company did produce a few of them in their American line, it is the Square Puff Box & Cover that was produced the longest.  This is an item that is usually not difficult to sell, as the interest in them has grown over the years.  Finding them in undamaged condition; however, takes a bit more patience.  Many of the covers (or lids) are found chipped or cracked.  Lifting and placing the covers on the boxes should not be done with great haste, and always done with a gentle touch.

Vanity or boudoir items of the American pattern usually had a specific purpose.  Puff boxes are one such example.  They were often filled with face or body powder – a dusting powder of sorts, usually accompanied by a powder puff.  Once the original product was used, the glass boxes could then be refilled as needed.  The boxes could also be used for a variety of other purposes, in addition to being used as a decorative item.  These boxes are treasures from another period, and quite beautiful to behold.

The Square Puff Box & Cover was primarily made in clear crystal; however, it was also produced in limited colors during the mid-1920s. This item was one of several pieces included in the colored Boudoir Sets of 1925-1926.  The colors available at that time were Amber, Blue, and Canary.  The colored boxes are obviously much more difficult to find, due to their limited years of production.

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Confection and Cover

Item Number:  #CC-10C
Dimensions:  5½” L – 4½” W – 2⅜” H
Production Dates:  1925-1926

This box was used in the colored Boudoir Sets of the 1920’s.  It had a short life span as a Confection and Cover, as they were only produced in colors –  Amber, Blue, or Canary.  These are not common items, and worthy of special attention.  When this same box was produced in clear crystal, it enjoyed a much longer life as the Handkerchief Box & Cover.  Therefore, a Confection and Cover = a box in Amber, Blue, or Canary.  A Handkerchief Box & Cover = a box in clear crystal.

The colored Boudoir Sets of 1925-1926 included the following items:

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Handkerchief Box & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-10
Dimensions:  5½” L – 4½” W – 2⅜” H
Production Dates:  1915-1942

At first glance, this box looks very similar in shape to the Cigarette Box & Cover.  The Handkerchief Box is the larger of the two items.  The measurements given above are for the box, with the cover sitting in place.

When this box was used in the colored Boudoir Sets of the 1920’s, this item was known as the Confection and Cover.  However, when produced in clear crystal, it was simply known as the Handkerchief Box & Cover.

The boxes are perfectly proportioned to hold a pair (or two) of ladies handkerchiefs.  These type of items were often seen atop a ladies dresser, or tucked inside a wardrobe closet.  The square and angular shape of the box made them a perfect fit to be tucked inside the corner of a dresser drawer.  Careful handling is required to keep the Handkerchief Boxes in good to excellent condition.  The cover will sometimes not be a perfect fit for the bottom box, so extra cushioning might be required to keep the two pieces from wobbling against each other.

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Glove Box & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-08
Dimensions:  9½” L – 3½” W – 2¼” H
Production Dates:  1915-1928

When this item was produced in crystal, it was known as the Glove Box and Cover.  Years later, when it was produced in color, it was known as the Large Cigarette and Cover.  The box consists of two pieces, a container box and a cover.  It is perfectly proportioned to hold a set of ladies gloves, which was quite in fashion when the American Glove Box was introduced in 1915.  These elegant glove boxes were a treasured part of a ladies vanity or dressing table.

Today, we can enjoy this beautiful box as it was originally intended – or in a variety of new ways.  Why not repurpose it to hold some colorful and treasured jewelry?  You could also store special mementos in the box – such as family trinkets, locks of hair from a child’s first hair cut, or letters from loved ones.  It could be a “love box”, where you place photos, notes, and other such items from your significant other.  Most certainly, it would make a lovely container for holding and preserving wedding trinkets (invitations, garter, something blue, the wedding cake knife, etc.)  Use your imagination, for this gorgeous Glove Box & Cover can still be used and cherished today.

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